The Sixth Floor Museum
On one of those rare nights my husband and I had a chance to watch a movie together, we decided to rent Jackie with the gorgeous Natalie Portman. Jackie is the story of the first lady Jackie Kennedy following the assassination of president John F. Kennedy. The movie gives an inside look on how Jackie walk through the turmoil of losing her dear husband while also maintaining the integrity of the Kennedy name. Throughout this period Jackie showed incredible strength, carried herself with grace, and dignity. After watching the movie, I asked my husband if we could plan a trip to Dallas and visit The Sixth Floor Museum.
The Sixth Floor Museum is the former School Book Depository where the man accused of assassinating the late President JFK was lying in wait on the 6th floor. The tour guides you through the timeline of that dreaded day. News articles, pictures, video recording are some of things you will see when visiting. It’s a very sobering feeling walking through the account of events. As you turn one of the corners, you come to the exact pot where Harvey Lee Oswald sat waiting for the President’s motorcade to pass through known as the Corner Staircase. The Corner Staircase has been recreated and is behind a glass wall. Also on display is an identical rifle that was found by the investigators that day. I stood there for a few minutes trying to imagine Oswald sitting there. What was his thinking? Why did he do it? Did he do it?
As you move to the next marker, you are standing in front of the window that looks out onto Elm Street. From the top view there is an X to mark the spot when the first shot hit. The next few stops moves into the series of events from Oswald’s arrest, exploring the conspiracy theories, and the funeral. As the tour comes to an end, there are two beautiful portraits of President JFK and first lady Jackie Kennedy. Upon closer look of the portraits, you see that smaller pictures of JFK and Jackie Kennedy form the bigger portrait.